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Derick W. Brinkerhoff

Distinguished Fellow, International Public Management

Derick Brinkerhoff, EdD, has more than 30 years of experience with public management issues in developing and transitioning countries, focusing on policy analysis, program implementation and evaluation, participation, institutional development, democratic governance, and management change. Dr. Brinkerhoff joined RTI International in 2003, with an appointment as an RTI Senior Fellow. He has received multiple awards and honors for his published research in social science and policy studies and for his contributions to the theory and practice of international development and comparative public administration. Dr. Brinkerhoff has written or edited 8 books, 45 refereed articles, 31 book chapters, and numerous conference papers, and is a sought-after speaker for conferences of major international development organizations. In 2010, he was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Brinkerhoff is co-editor of the journal Public Administration and Development, and serves on the editorial boards of Public Administration Review and International Review of Administrative Sciences. He also holds an associate faculty appointment at George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.


  • EdD, Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
  • MAdmin, Graduate School of Administration, University of California, Riverside
  • BA, Anthropology, University of California, Riverside

Latest Publications

Brinkerhoff, D.W. (2015). Building political will for HIV response: an operational model and strategy options. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Advance Online Publication .
Brinkerhoff, D.W., & Brinkerhoff, J.M. (2015). Editors' Preface: Beyond Conventional Public Sector Management Reforms in Developing Countries Preface. Public Administration and Development, 35 (4):221-221.
Wetterberg, A., Brinkerhoff, D.W., & Hertz, J.C. (2015). From compliant to capable: Balanced capacity development for local organisations. Development in Practice, 25 (7):966-985.
Arandel, C., Brinkerhoff, D.W., & Bell, M.M. (2015). Reducing fragility through strengthening local governance in Guinea. Third World Quarterly, 36 (5):985-1006.
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  • Public Management
  • Governance
  • Public Policy Analysis